Maadid (03-05-2013).- From beginning to end, the Milenio Titan Desert by GAES had a great dominator, the Portuguese Luis Leao Pinto (Esteve). Crowned as the new King of the desert, the portuguese achieved his best victory in this epic race in the desert of Morocco. After finishing the last year in second position, Pinto succeeds Roberto Heras in the Golden Book of the race. They accompany him on the podium Milton Ramos (Líder-Unical) and Czech Ondrej Fojtík (Cannondale X-Sports).
The last stage of the Milenio Titan Desert by GAES has been practically a tribute to all the survivors, those Titans who have done many efforts for the 'finisher' Jersey. In the last stage, 60 km between Merzouga and Maadid, the Czech Fojtík has won after beating at the sprint Milton Ramos and Pinto.
After crossing the finish line, the Portuguese was exultant for his victory, after a tough week in which has had to overcome the pitfalls of the desert and the attacks of enemies. Pinto achieved his triumph thanks to a spectacular performance in the first stage, where a devastating attack left nailed all his rivals.
With an advantage of 8 minutes and a half over his main opponents, Pinto has been able to regulate and control the race when it was necessary, and suffer on the stage of the dunes, when Milton Ramos almost turned the classification. Finally he has won the Titan Desert by 2 minutes and 7 seconds with respect to the hispano-hondureno.
"For me to win the Milenio Titan Desert by GAES was very important, I had it as a goal in my career. I think that this is a key point in my career, because with this I'm going to take a very important decision," has said the Portuguese, very happy for the win.
Pinto had some words of thanks to Roberto Heras, who was forced to leave by a collarbone fracture.
The eighth edition of the Milenio Titan Desert by GAES has left big names, such as the Italian Marzio Deho - winner of two stages with 44 years-, the Czech Ondrej Fojtík - third on the podium - or Claudia Galicia, the incontestable dominating in the women's category.
But, the most important has been to see how all those lovers of mountain biking that are not professional have sacrificed the maximum to achieve his dream and to reach the goal of Maadid. It has been a huge reward after many months of preparation, and an unforgettable experience.
The Milenio Titan Desert by GAES now looks to the future in 2014, where will be again one of the most important races in the world.